Sean Boynton

National online journalist, Global News
Graduated 2012
1. Where did you do your internship?

I did a couple. I interned with the Calgary Journal over the summer. And I interned at BeatRoute, a music magazine.


2. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you have liked to give yourself as you started your internship?

I would have said to not do either of the internships that I did. Not because they were bad in any way. But I was sort of in the mindset of just getting them over with. And if I had pushed myself and tried to get something that was a little bit more applicable to what I wanted to do, like if I had gone to intern at Global Calgary or Calgary Herald or The Sun or even ventured further, like some of my classmates did, and gone to a small town paper or something like that, I feel like that would have prepared me a little bit more for the real world experience I needed.

3. What is something that really stands out when you think of your time at MRU journalism?

Everybody in the program from the instructors and the professors down to my classmates all had a real passion for what we were learning and a passion for the main tenets of journalism.


4. How transferable were the skills you acquired in your education?

Everything was pretty transferable. Because, again, in addition to more theoretical classes, like journalism ethics, and those kinds of courses, you're also doing the job. And so, as soon as I entered a newsroom, for the first time, and started thinking of stories to write and thinking of how to write those stories, everything felt very familiar immediately, because I'd spent my entire education in the newsroom.

5. In your career, what type of work has most excited you and why?

Getting the opportunity to talk to politicians and people who are public figures. Holding them accountable and talking to experts. Shining a light on things that the public needs to know.


6. What is the most important but unwritten rule that you’ve learned on the job?

Try and be curious and flexible. There’s never only one way to cover a story and you never know where the story is going to lead you.